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The stitch along is FREE. The only cost is buying any materials you don't already own. I will be stitching a tent stitch over one double casket of my own. If you like it and want the chart for the design on Montrose Linen - there will be a charge for that chart.
Where will it be hosted?
There will be a separate section of the NING site for the stitch along group. I am upgrading the site to NING 3.0 this month in anticipation. That will allow a group thread to have the same photo publishing means that the main thread does and will enhance our support along the way with our progress photos.
How will it work?
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Starting January 1st, we will start design transfer and framing up. I will be releasing my progress as well as helpful comments and little videos as needed. We will be trying to stay on an 24-month to finish target with a panel a month and some large panels taking 2-months. There will be time set aside for all of us to hand-hold while doing the paper finishing of the casket as well. I will be posting videos of me doing it so you can follow.
I already have a design I want to stitch?
Fantastic! This is the best excuse to actually trace the design and get working. No one has to be working the design I am putting up - just post your daily progress/excitement/failures as you do them and we can all egg you on to the finish!
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You are free to change the design! I am going to do a bit of tweaking to make the design work for a few combinations (Like the flat top with doors and flat top) and will post them.
I like your design but prefer a higher linen count?
Sure! Just trace the design (free) onto your linen of your choice and follow along but it is your choice how to fill in the tracing. I can only provide one chart set - for the Montrose - but you can work the design on any count you want!
I like your design but don't want to do tent stitch?
I would LOVE it if some people chose to do satin stitch or stumpwork on the same design (or a tweaked version). How exciting it would be to see the results side by side with the tent stitch versions!
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Not yet - I am stitching as we go too! I will be keeping track so I can let you know when I need more tubes of the basic set of Soie Paris. But everyone is also different - some people rip more than others. Safe to say that the greens and blues will be the ones you will need more of. The rest of the colors will last you.
How much of the Montrose will be needed?
1/2 yard of the Montrose for a double casket with a bit left over for mistakes (36" x 36"). It is plenty for the flat versions. Just a warning. The Montrose is limited - about 50 half yards left. But I have a really lovely 30 count fabric to add to the store that would also be beautiful.
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Mine is based off the unfinished piece at the MET which is the Five Senses. That casket isn't a full double casket (missing a layer of friezes) and several of the friezes were cut out, so I have 'completed' the casket using traditional panels by the draftsmen of the period. I also wanted to change the top and have it be Adam and Eve.
The full panels for print out will be up soon on the Cabinet of Curiosities Part I site for students to print out as they want. I am also releasing a mini-casket fold up page this month for you all to put together for fun - and to think about the design and if you like it, want to make changes, etc.
What if I want to do cross-stitch or like other counted stitches?
Go for it! If you are working on the Montrose, try one strand for the cross stitch over one. I suspect that I will get bored of the tent stitch on some of the big panels and will add a bit of queen stitch or something for the ground to break it up myself.
I already have a Flat Casket with Doors or Flat Casket, can I participate?
You bet! Either work your own design or take the modified ones I provide for those types of this Five Senses casket, you just get more months to complete your embroidery than us working a double casket. This is all about starting and holding hands while jumping in!
I really want to do this but I can't get to a design yet!!
Ok, it is time to get this done - get on NING (email me if you don't have the link/invitation) and start up a discussion thread about your design. There are soooo many people on it who have either gone through it or love to kibitz on the design process. Somewhere in there is a suggestion on where-ever you are stuck that will get you unstuck.
Review the designs on the website under Cabinet of Curiosities Part I. There have been more motifs and design panels added to it since you took the class. Peruse them for ideas. There are many "Nelham Style" panels that fill in more of the area and leave you with a oval for your one personalizing motif. It makes it much easier.
Maybe friezes are your problem, I am uploading a bunch of them in November/December 2016. As I have been designing that seems to be my biggest problem so we went through and collected all of them off the old caskets. Seems that they had the same problem in the 17th century and there actually weren't that many!
Many people who had a very, very specific design in mind that was complex and just don't feel they can draw at all and have exhausted all xeroxing from books, etc. that they want to try have used my draftsman to get their design done. Not cheap, but it has resulted in very happy people. If you want more information, he has provided me with an info sheet to pass on.
What would the schedule be like?
I have more questions!
Send them on at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to update this page when I get questions that resonate with more than one person. Also if you really want to do this - send me a note. I would like to keep track of who is doing it so I can create a smaller mailing list if we need it.